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6/1/10
Revolution Update: June 1, 2010

Revolution looks to head into World Cup break with a winning streak









NEW ENGLAND VS. SEATTLE SERIES INFORMATION

  • Saturday night’s match will be the third meeting between the Revolution and Sounders FC, and the second-ever at Qwest Field … New England won its only match played at Qwest Field, 1-0.
  • The Revs swept the season series last year, 2-0-0 and were one of only two MLS teams to win at Qwest Field in 2009.
  • The Revs were the only MLS team to sweep their 2009 season-series with the Sounders, with wins on Aug. 20 in Seattle and Sept. 26 in Foxborough ... additionally, Seattle’s only two losses in their final 10 games of the Sounders’ 2009 march to the playoffs in the club’s inaugural season came at the hands of the Revolution.
  • The Revs have outscored Seattle, 3-1 in the two-game series, with all three New England goals coming from Shalrie Joseph ... Freddy Montero has the only Sounders goal.
  •  There are 17 players between the two clubs who played in both matchups last season and are still on their respective clubs’ rosters ... eight players are still on the Revs and nine are still on the Sounders.
  • The current Revs players who played in both games against Seattle last season are Kevin Alston, Darrius Barnes, Edgaras Jankauskas, Shalrie Joseph, Kenny Mansally, Sainey Nyassi, Emmanuel Osei and Matt Reis (NOTE: Matt Reis is eligible to come off the disabled list for this game).

PLAYER NOTES VS. SEATTLE

  • Shalrie Joseph has scored all three of the Revolution’s goals against the Sounders … Joseph tallied the only score in the clubs’ first ever goal against Seattle at Qwest Field in a 1-0 win on Aug. 20, 2009 and both Revolution goals in a 2-1 victory in Foxborough on Sept. 26, 2009.
  • Edgaras Jankauskas is the only current Revolution player with an assist against Seattle ... he recorded the helper on Joseph’s game-winning goal on Aug. 20 in Seattle.
  •  In two appearances against Seattle, Matt Reis is 2-0-0 with a 0.50 goals against average, two saves and one shutout.
  • Bobby Shuttleworth has never faced the Seattle Sounders.

NEW ENGLAND - SEATTLE CONNECTIONS

  • Revolution midfielder Sainey Nyassi’s identical twin brother, Sanna, plays midfield for the Sounders … the twins have still not played on the field at the same time together, and missed each other on the field by only two minutes in the game at Seattle last season.
  • The Nyassi twins became the 15th set of brothers to play in MLS history in 2009.
  • Seattle defender James Riley spent the first three years of his career in New England (2005-07) after being drafted by the Revolution in the second round (21st overall) of the 2005 MLS SuperDraft … Riley was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2007 Expansion Draft and spent the 2008 season in the Bay Area, but was selected in his second straight Expansion Draft in late 2008 by Seattle.
  • Seattle’s Director of Youth Development, Darren Sawatzky, was on original member of the Revolution and spent two seasons (1996-97) with the club … Sawatzky made 54 appearances (24 starts) with the Revs and recorded five goals and five assists.

LAST MEETING
New England 2, Seattle 1
Sept. 26, 2009 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

Shalrie Joseph notched a new career high with his seventh and eighth goals of the season as the Revolution erased an early deficit to claim a 2-1 win over Seattle in Foxborough. Fredy Montero scored an unassisted goal for the Sounders in the sixth minute and took a 1-0 lead into the second half. Joseph tied the score on a penalty kick in the 51st minute and tallied the game-winner in the 87th minute with a perfectly placed header on a cross from Jeff Larentowicz.

NEWS & NOTES

REVS WIN COMES WITH A LOSS
The Revolution snapped a seven-game winless streak with a 3-2 win over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium, but it came at the price of its starting goalkeeper … Preston Burpo broke two bones in his lower right leg – his tibia and fibula - during a collision with Red Bulls midfielder Dane Richards midway through the first half … Burpo had played every minute between the pipes for the Revolution so far this season and was leading the league in saves at the time of his injury … backup keeper Bobby Shuttleworth stepped in and made two saves in 51 minutes of action for the Revs.

REVOLUTION PLACES BURPO ON INJURED RESERVE
Due to the seriousness of the lower leg injury he suffered on Saturday night, the New England Revolution placed goalkeeper Preston Burpo on season-sending injured reserve on Tuesday, June 1 … Burpo underwent successful reduction surgery on Sunday, May 30, at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the normal rehabilitation process for that type of surgery is approximately six months … Burpo finished the season with 48 saves, a 1.53 goals against average and two shutouts.

NEW ENGLAND PUTS MAY IN REAR VIEW WITH A WIN
The Revs played a club-record-tying eight games in the month of May and escaped with a win in the final game to go 1-6-1 (1-4-1 in MLS play) in the 29-day stretch … the club played six MLS games, one U.S. Open Cup game and one friendly, travelled more than 2,600 miles by plane and bus, toughed out a 238-minute scoreless streak, and still escaped in third place in the Eastern Conference with 11 points … the club now turns the page to June and takes a collective breath with just three matches scheduled this month – two MLS games and another international friendly … sandwiched among the games is a Major League Soccer two-week break in play that runs from June 11 – June 24.

SATURDAY MARKS FIRST EVER MLS MEETING BETWEEN 100-WIN COACHES
Revolution head coach Steve Nicol and Seattle Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid are two of the three MLS coach to record 100 league wins and will square off on Saturday night in Major League Soccer’s first ever matchup of triple-digit-win coaches … Nicol has been the full time head coach of New England since 2002, and recorded his 100th career victory earlier this season … Schmid is the all-time MLS leader with 128 career wins since coming to MLS in 1999 as the coach of LA Galaxy, Columbus Crew and Seattle … current U.S. National team head coach Bob Bradley is the third member of the elite 100-win group with 124 career victories as an MLS head coach.

JOSEPH RETURNS HOME TO MAKE AN IMPACT
Revolution perennial Best XI candidate Shalrie Joseph appeared in his first home game since April 10 to lead the Revs to victory with two assists in Saturday night’s win over New York … Joseph made his first appearance on May 22 in Toronto after taking a personal leave of absence in late April … he has returned to the lineup as the team’s lynchpin in the middle, specifically helping stabilize the team’s possession … Shalrie also brings leadership to a young New England club as he re-assumed his captaincy upon his return.

SHALRIE HELPS HIMSELF UP THE ASSIST CHART
Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph has made a career of facilitating others’ scoring, even if he does not always show up in the box score … but even with his limited play this season, Joseph has recorded three assists in just three games, his latest two came on Saturday night against the New York Red Bulls to give him 28 for his career … he started the season with 25 career assists, seventh most in club history, and now has 28, which ties him for fourth for the Revolution all time … he is just one assist shy of third place.

SCHILAWSKI KEEPS PLACE WITH MLS TOP SCORERS
With his game-winning goal in the 80th minute of Saturday night’s match with New York, rookie forward Zack Schilawski kept pace with MLS scoring leaders with his fifth goal of 2010 … Schilawski’s fifth goal puts him in a tie for third place in the league, knotted up with five other players … he is, however, the leading rookie scorer in MLS, ahead of teammate Zak Boggs, Danny Mwanga (Philadelphia) and Ike Opara (San Jose), who each have two goals.

KEEPER SHUTTLEWORTH FILLS IN ADMIRABLY AFTER INJURY
Revs backup goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth saw his first professional soccer action on Saturday night after filling in for primary goalie Preston Burpo, who was injured midway through the first half … Shuttleworth helped the Revs snap a seven-game winless streak with two saves on three shots in 51 minutes of play … he had played in the Revolution’s two non-MLS games – the full 90 minutes of a 3-0 U.S. Open Cup loss to New York on May 12 and the second half of a 4-0 friendly loss to SL Benfica on May 19.

NIOUKY REGISTERS FIRST MLS POINT
With his assist on Zack Schilawski’s game-winning goal against the Red Bulls on Saturday night, Joseph Niouky picked up his first career MLS point … Niouky started all but one MLS match this year and is among the team leaders in minutes played (882 minutes)… Niouky joined the Revs in mid-March while the club was training in North Carolina after signing on Feb. 22 … prior to joining New England, the 24-year old Senegalese midfielder played for Senegal-based Port Autonome from 2005-2009.

PEROVIC PUTS THE REVS OUT FRONT EARLY
Marko Perovi? has two goals this season and both have put the Revolution in the driver’s seat early in the match … Perovi?’s eighth-minute goal against the Red Bulls on Saturday night gave the Revs an early lead and snapped a 238-minute scoring drought for the team … the eighth-minute tally marked the fastest that the Revs have scored all year, besting his own goal, a 19th-minute strike on May 1 against the Rapids, which was Perovi?’s first goal of the season.

REVS LOOK TO SOUND OFF AT QWEST AGAIN IN ’10
Seattle Sounders FC sported one of the best home records in the league in 2009, losing only two games at home all season … one of the Sounders two losses at Qwest Field came in a 1-0 loss to the Revolution on Aug. 20, while Kansas City earned the other visitor victory … the Revs were also the only MLS team to sweep the Sounders last season, the club’s first in MLS … this year, however, the Sounders have already lost more games at home than last year, with a 2-3-1 record at Qwest Field going into Saturday’s matchup with the Revs.

SUPERLIGA GROUP STAGE SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
MLS recently announced that New England will face Monarcas Morelia, Pumas UNAM and the Chicago Fire in the group stage of SuperLiga 2010 … the Revs kick off the annual summer championship between top MLS and Mexican Primera División teams at 8 p.m., on Wednesday, July 14, at Gillette Stadium when the Revs host Pumas UNAM … New England is also scheduled to face the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Saturday, July 17 at 7 p.m. ET and return home to play Maonarcas Morelia on Tuesday, July 20 at 8 p.m. … the Revolution is one of four MLS teams in the tournament, joining Chicago, Houston Dyanmo and Chivas USA.

BROTHERS ANTICIPATE SQUARING OFF FOR THE FIRST TIME
The Revolution’s Sainey Nyassi and the Sounders’ Sanna Nyassi are identical twin brothers and grew up playing soccer together in Gambia … but for the first time in their lives this Saturday, the identical twin Gambians may end up on the same field in different uniforms when New England faces Seattle … the Nyassis have yet to take the field at the same time, as Sainey was subbed off the field two minutes before Sanna came on in the August meeting in Seattle, and then Sanna did not make the 18-man travel roster for the team’s September meeting in Foxborough … last year, the Nyassi’s became the 15th set of brothers to play in MLS.

WEST COAST WOES
Dating back to late last season, the Revs have had trouble when traveling to face MLS’ West Coast Clubs … in its last three trips out West, the Revs are 0-3-0 and have been outscored 5-0 … two of the losses came this year – a 1-0 loss at LA in the season opener on March 27 and a 2-0 loss at San Jose on April 17 … the streak began in late 2009 with a Sept. 13 trip to play Chivas USA when the Revs dropped a 2-0 decision … the Revolution’s last win at a West Coast team came on Aug. 20 at Seattle, when the Revs earned with a 1-0 win.

YOUTH UPDATE
The Revolution youth teams traveled to Sarasota, Fla. to compete in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s showcase and battled heat, humidity and exhaustion to finish with their best ever record at a showcase, going a combined 3-2-1 during the weekend … the Under-16s dropped a 1-0 decision to Real So Cal on Friday, but went on to shut out Classics Elite, 3-0 on Saturday and wrap up the weekend with a 4-1 win over Miami FC on Monday to close out the weekend 2-1-0 … the Under-18s went 1-1-1 in the showcase weekend, dropping their Friday match, 3-0 to Real So Cal, bouncing back to beat Classics Elite, 3-1 on Saturday, and tying Miami FC, 2-2 on Monday … the youth Revs close out their regular-season schedule this weekend at FC Westchester on Saturday before hosting D.C. United on Sunday.